The Peak District is a great place to visit over Christmas for a multitude of reasons, whether you want to hike up its snow-peaked hills, meander through its quaint festive markets, or hop aboard a steam train with Santa.

However, the one place most people flock to when staying at a B&B in Castleton over the festive period has to be Chatsworth House. 

There are certainly many reasons why thousands of people head to the iconic venue between November and January when it is transformed into what it has called The Palace of Advent. 

Visitors can wander through 24 of its rooms, which have been decorated with traditional Christmas ornaments.

Included in the Christmas at Chatsworth ticket is the interactive light and sound trail, which sees the landscaped gardens lit up with beautiful displays. 

It also includes Christmas at the Farmyard, where attendees can meet the resident farm animals. Children are big fans of this event, as they can watch milking demonstrations or have a cuddle with the guinea pigs. 

There are also plenty of crafts in the barn, while Chatsworth House is hosting other workshops over December for those who are creative. These include a Christmas wreath making session, a wild winter willow crown workshop where you learn how to make a beautiful twig crown, and a paper craft lesson for children. 

The festive events at Chatsworth House do not stop there, as there is also a display of 1,500 Christmas tree brooches, a Christmas tour with afternoon tea, special storytime sessions with Father Christmas himself, and a Winter Ball, which includes a four-course dinner.
Anyone in the area on December 31st should head to the New Year’s Eve Ball, which includes live music and dancing, as well as an elegant menu.

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